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The Man on the Moor
Max Dickins
@Underbelly Cowgate

Man on the Moor

Expectations: 4/5
Reality Rating 2/5
Fidget Factor: 0.5

The Unmissed

A young boy playing at the beach, in a school play, bowling with his friends. This solo performance starts with a strong visual; a selection of childhood clips projected into the room.

The Man on the Moor centres around a young boy who’s father disappeared. Twenty years on and he’s still looking. Whilst investigating any and every avenue to get a glimpse of his father, he stumbles upon the Man on the Moor. Dead, lost and un-missed – the narrative changes to those who have dissolved out of society and into the abyss without anyone realising.

Even though Max Dickins delivers his solo performance directly to the audience, maintaining eye contact throughout, there is no connection built between them. No intimate details or definitive character traits are revealed, no empathy or affinity gained. Other than the step father, Colin, there is little development of any of the other characters. The focus is heavily on the writing, but the performance is left behind.

Beautifully poetic, ‘the cat melted like cheese over a bar stool’, the language used in this production would make an utterly captivating read. However Max Dickins performance doesn’t add anything, pacing the stage with unchanged tone, it’s a struggle to stay in tune with the story he’s telling. It doesn’t help that Dickins gets distracted by the opening and closing studio door which drags our attention from the stage to the back of the room.

The Man on the Moor, a must read, an un-missed performance.

Click for Tix: @Underbelly Cowgate

Time: 60 Minutes
Running:  20 AUG 17 ► 27 AUG 17

♥ Thank you to Greg for Man Missing illustration

Man on the Moor

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